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Mathematics


Seminar Calendar
for Undergraduate Seminar events the year of Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Friday, February 1, 2019

Nice rack: The evolution of deer antlers and other mating displays

Dr. Sara Clifton   [email] (UIUC Math)

Abstract: Species spanning the animal kingdom have evolved extravagant and costly ornaments to attract mating partners. Zahavi's handicap principle offers an elegant explanation for this: ornaments signal individual quality and must be costly to ensure honest signaling, making mate selection more efficient. Here, we incorporate the assumptions of the handicap principle into a mathematical model and show that they are sufficient to explain the heretofore puzzling observation of bimodally distributed ornament sizes in a variety of species.

Friday, February 8, 2019

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Friday, February 8, 2019

Can you be both central and vacant? A study of a small pond network

Prof. Zoi Rapti   [email] (UIUC Math)

Abstract: We will introduce a simple one-dimensional ordinary differential equation (Levin's equation) and concepts from network theory to analyze occupancy patterns in a small network of freshwater ponds. We will investigate various factors that determine whether a pond can be vacant or occupied by our organism (Daphnia pulex aka waterflea), which is prevalent in ponds and lakes of the Midwest. No knowledge of differential equations or network theory will be assumed: all background will be introduced in the talk.

Friday, February 15, 2019

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, February 15, 2019

How to Give a Good Math Talk

uAWM, MATRIX, & IGL Outreach   [email] (UIUC Math)

Abstract: We will be having a workshop for undergraduates wishing to present and give a talk in the Undergraduate Seminar this semester (and in the future). We'll go through all the basics of giving an interesting talk as well as some details that can really make a presentation stand out.

Friday, February 22, 2019

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, February 22, 2019

Functions of Operators

Prof. John P D'Angelo   [email] (UIUC Math)

Abstract: We all know what we mean by the derivative operator D = d/dx. What might we mean by the square root of D? In other words, how do we take “half” of a derivative? More generally, how might we take g(D) for a more general function g. Starting from junior high school math (I am not joking!) we figure out the ideas that lead to a nice answer.

Friday, March 8, 2019

4:00 pm in 347 Altgeld Hall,Friday, March 8, 2019

When a Prime Number Ceases to be Prime

Ravi Donepudi   [email] (UIUC Math)

Abstract: Primes are commonly defined as those numbers whose only factors are 1 and themselves. This assumes that we only allow integers in their factorization. What happens if we allow fractions as factors or even irrational numbers? Will certain primes lose their status as "primes"? Will new "primes" be born to take their place? What does being prime even mean anymore? We will answer these and other questions which lead us to the exciting field of algebraic number theory.

Friday, April 5, 2019

4:00 pm in 314 Altgeld Hall,Friday, April 5, 2019

Integration Bee 2019 Day 1

  [email] (UIUC Math)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

2:00 pm in 314 Altgeld Hall,Saturday, April 6, 2019

Integration Bee 2019 Day 2

  [email] (UIUC Math)

Friday, April 12, 2019

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, April 12, 2019

Introduction to Generating Functions

Longzheng Chen (UIUC Math)

Friday, April 19, 2019

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, April 19, 2019

Beatty Sequences

Xiaomin Li (UIUC Math)